Fairhaven Business concerned about FDA ban on Juul e-cigarettes
Kirsti Berche saved for years until she had enough money to open a distinctive smokehouse on Route 6 in Fairhaven. On June 23, 2022, the Federal Drug Administration declared that it was banning the sale of Juul e-cigarettes. Juul must stop selling and marketing its products and anything already on the market must be removed.
“Before the FDA banned vaping products, the FDA approved tobacco and flavored nicotine products because evidence showed the government that they helped addicted adult smokers move away from chemicals. found in cigarettes,” Berche said. “And now they do this?”
Berche said when it opened, “the South Coast e-cigarette market was a place of competition, where small businesses could thrive and provide smokers with innovative and safer alternatives to cigarettes,” she said. declared.
“But now my clients are paying a lot more, taxes have doubled and I’m earning half of what I used to bring in,” she lamented.
Berche fears this will prevent South Coast residents from quitting smoking.
“I know vaping has helped people quit smoking,” she said. “Clients have told me that their healthcare workers have recommended that they quit their cigarette addiction and switch to vaping, especially before surgery.”
Berche said the FDA ban will help grow the underground economy.
“Communities will lose taxes and the unregulated ‘disposable’ vape pen market will just get bigger,” she said.
Every time they take away people’s freedom, some will say it violates their personal freedom. Berche agrees that smoking should be a personal option.
“Yes, I believe that in America people should have agency and choice to decide what kind of lifestyle they will have,” she said.